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2011 Apple Cup: Recaps And Coaching Speculation

There is never a shortage of links the day after a game, but between additional Apple Cup coverage and speculation Paul Wulff will be fired, there are enough links to keep you busy for a while. Craig had you covered last night with a recap of the game and a coaching rumor post. Beyond that, we also have official stats and postgame notes from the WSU Athletic Department.  

Before we get to the rest of the links, here are a few random bullet points.

  • I loved the uniform combination WSU wore in the Apple Cup. I vote to make this the permanent road uniform.
  • I have no idea what happened with CJ Mizell, but this quote from the Kitsap Sun does not make it sound like a very good situation.

    C.J. Mizell, who started most of the season at middle linebacker, suited up but did not play. Wulff said it was because starter Mike Ledgerwood has played well. Ball said Mizell was benched "a little bit" due to a shoulder injury but "not entirely ... I don't want to talk about it." 

  • I still hate the punt with 3:20 to go. 
  • Losing Jared Karstetter and Isiah Barton sucks, but I'm very excited to see what the wide receivers do next season. Especially Marquess Wilson with a quarterback who can throw deep and Bobby Ratliff with increased targets.
  • Speaking of Wilson, under Mike Leach Michael Crabtree had a season with 134 catches, 1962 yards and 22 touchdowns. I'm just saying.
  • The WSU men's basketball team plays a game today at 10:30 a.m. Streamin' and threadin' for breakfast?

Cougars Fall to Huskies in Apple Cup, 38-21 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SEATTLE (AP) - Keith Price threw three touchdown passes to become Washington's all-time single-season leader in that category, the final one a 22-yard toss to Chris Polk, and Washington held off rival Washington State 38-21 on Saturday night to win the 104th Apple Cup.

WSU loses Apple Cup and Wulff may be out - SportsLink - - Nov. 26, 2011
The Apple Cup is over and so is Washington State's football season. Is Paul Wulff's tenure as football coach at his alma mater done as well? There is a report of that being a done deal by Bud Withers of the Seattle Times, but I can't get confirmation – or denial – of that. Read on.

Wulff’s future with Washington State hangs in balance - - Nov. 27, 2011
SEATTLE – Bill Moos has a big decision to make this week. The Washington State athletic director said all season long he’ll decide after the 2011 football season ends whether or not coach Paul Wulff will be back for the fifth year of his contract.

Cougars | Paul Wulff likely out as Cougars coach | Seattle Times Newspaper
Paul Wulff has likely coached his last football game at Washington State. Sources close to the situation say Wulff, whose Cougars lost 38-21 to Washington on Saturday at CenturyLink Field, will be dismissed after a meeting with athletic director Bill Moos, barring a last-minute change of direction by Moos. It could happen as early as Sunday, possibly Monday.

Sarkisian, Huskies celebrate as Wulff’s job status remains in flux | Seattle PI Sports Blog -
As contrasting are their coaching styles, so too are the respective futures of Steve Sarkisian and Paul Wulff, who again dueled to a familiar outcome in Saturday’s Apple Cup. As proof, survey the CenturyLink facilities following Washington’s 38-21 romp over the Cougars, the Huskies’ third consecutive win over their rival since Sarkisian took over.

Lobbestael finishes WSU career with solid game " Kitsap Sun
SEATTLE — SEATTLE — Marshall Lobbestael's college career began months after he quarterbacked Oak Harbor High School to a Class 4A state football championship in the fall of 2006.

Final: Washington 38, Washington State 21 - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Washington may be headed for the Alamo Bowl after an Apple Cup win over Washington State. It's less certain where Cougars coach Paul Wulff may be headed.

Early call for ‘Cougar Block’ turns game Washington’s way | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune

The play was called "Cougar Block." It ended up being a Cougar killer early in Washington’s 38-21 victory over Washington State in the Apple Cup.

Huskies win 2011 Apple Cup 38-21 over Cougars | Seattle

SEATTLE -- Keith Price threw three touchdown passes to become Washington's all-time single-season leader in that category, the final one a 22-yard toss to Chris Polk, and Washington held off rival Washington State 38-21 on Saturday night to win the 104th Apple Cup.

Washington puts WSU in early hole, pulls away late for Apple Cup victory - - Nov. 27, 2011

SEATTLE – The start couldn’t have been much worse. And the finish wasn’t much better. Add it up and Washington State had lost its third consecutive Apple Cup, falling 38-21 to Washington on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Huskies | Apple Cup Two-Minute Drill | Seattle Times Newspaper

WSU senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis, on the idea that CenturyLink Field hasn't been kind to the Cougars this year (they lost earlier to Oregon State, 44-21): "I don't think we've been very kind to it, you know?"

Greg Jayne: Apple Cup leaves few questions answered | The Columbian

SEATTLE — What, pray tell, did we learn? What wisdom could we cull from the latest edition of the Apple Cup? What insight could we derive from an outing at CenturyLink Field, which proved to be a 38-21 victory for Washington over Washington State?

Cougars voice support for coach Wulff " Kitsap Sun

SEATTLE — Washington State has lost football games in record-breaking fashion under coach Paul Wulff, but WSU players seemed unanimous in their support of Wulff as he awaits word from athletic director Bill Moos on his future.

Wulff's last game as Cougars' coach? | - Sports

SEATTLE -- It might well have been his final game as Washington State's head football coach, but Paul Wulff left the field on Saturday night excited about the future of Cougar football.

WSU Takes on UC Riverside in 76 Classic Sunday - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

WSU TO TAKE ON UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY IN 76 CLASSIC FINALE: Washington State University men's basketball (2-3) will meet UC Riverside (1-4), Sunday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in a battle for seventh at the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The game can be seen online on ESPN3.